- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: National Geographic; First Edition/First Printing edition (October 3, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1426218648
- ISBN-13: 978-1426218644
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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View From Above: An Astronaut Photographs the World Hardcover – October 3, 2017
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“It’s Virts’s photos that form the heart of the astonishingly beautiful View From Above. The book is not only a fascinating look at our planet from a perspective most of us will never experience but also a peek at daily life aboard the ISS and everything that entails.” –GeekDad
“Virts’ account sparkles with life, even when the station itself often seems sterile and mechanical…Moments like these separate View From Above from other coffee table space books that serve up lots of pretty Earth views, but leave out the humanity.” –Air & Space
"Ex-astronaut offers bold three-step plan to put humans on Mars...Terry Virts says we must look to NASA's past before we move forward with a program to go to the red planet." --nbcnews.com
“That moment of cosmic collegiality is just one of the stories recounted in Virts' dazzling new book…while things may be tense between Washington and the Kremlin, all such differences stop at the atmosphere's edge.” –Time.com
“In a new photography book, former astronaut Terry Virts shares images and stories from his experience working on the International Space Station." –Timeedge.com
“Virts's new book of showcases images and stories from his NASA career and Columbia childhood.”
“Along with the incredible shots of the Earth and space, he also wrote about life aboard the space shuttle.” –Newsday
“How to take photographs from orbit, according to an actual astronaut.” –Techradar.com
About the Author
Astronaut TERRY VIRTS grew up in Columbia, Maryland, outside of Baltimore. He wanted to be an astronaut ever since he read his first book about the Apollo missions when he was in kindergarten. He earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the United States Air Force Academy in 1989, and a master of aeronautical science degree in aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Selected by NASA in 2000, he was the pilot of STS-130 mission aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour. In March 2015, Virts assumed command of the International Space Station, and spent over 200 days on it. Virts is one of the stars of the new IMAX film, A Beautiful Planet, released in April 2016.
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The ISS is an amazing piece of modern engineering and a symbol of cooperation between the USA, Russia, Japan, and Europe - and a needed window on our home planet... If only we all could see what author and photographer-astronaut Terry Virts has seen, with his own eyes and 'vision', we might appreciate our life-giving and precious planet much more. We all need to get more proactive, like many astronauts that return from space with a new mission: to help preserve and protect our tiny 'pale blue dot' - as Carl Sagan once called Earth. If you or anyone you care about loves space, science, adventure, and our Mother Earth - then grab a copy of this wonderfully illustrated and hopeful book soon!